BIZ BUZZ // Coming soon: Veterinary clinic at Franklin & Nicollet

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June 6, 2011
By: Jeremy Zoss
Jeremy Zoss
Maxfield Research conducted a market study a few years ago that identified strong demand for a veterinary clinic in the Stevens Square area, a niche that will hopefully be filled by the mid-June opening of Pet Doctors at 25 E. Franklin Ave.

The study determined that Stevens Square residents spend about $4 million annually on pets. But with no veterinary clinics in the immediate area — and with a significant proportion of Stevens Square residents not owing cars — neighborhood pet owners typically walk downtown or Uptown to see a vet.

Steve Gallagher, executive director of the Stevens Square Community Organization (SSCO), said he and other neighborhood leaders initially hoped to locate a veterinary clinic in the old Acadia Café building at the northeast corner of Franklin & Nicollet, but that hope was dashed when it became clear that making the corner building handicapped accessible would be prohibitively expensive.

Ultimately, the property adjacent to CVS Pharmacy on the southeast corner of Franklin & Nicollet proved to be the best fit — but unfortunately, that side of Franklin is actually in Whittier, not Stevens Square.

“It’s disappointing that we couldn’t find a spot within the neighborhood, but we’re still going to take credit for recruiting the business and I know they will be a part of our neighborhood too,” Gallagher said.

Pet Doctors will be run by Dr. Joyce Tesarek, owner of Minnehaha Veterinary Hospital in the Northrop neighborhood since 1983, with Dr. Jerri Smith serving as lead veterinary.

The clinic will offer basic wellness care, grooming supplies and services, pet food, acupuncture and chiropractic procedures, and hospice care. Surgeries and other major procedures will be done at Minnehaha Veterinary Hospital.

While construction won’t be completed until early June, Pet Doctors already does house calls. And for a limited time, Tesarek has elected to waive the $50 travel fee to encourage pet owners to give them a try.

“The goal is for this clinic to be a place people can walk to, with supplies and food at affordable prices. We’ll try and figure out what the neighborhood wants as we go,” Tesarek said.

Pet Doctors is slated to open on June 13.

New “Co-working” spaces open

The recession and slow economic recovery have forced many people to rethink the way they work. Many former full-time employees have made the switch to freelance work or self-employment, either out of necessity or opportunity. One of the biggest challenges for such individuals is finding a place to work.

They will have two new options soon.

Two separate organizations have announced workspaces that are available to individuals or small groups to use as needed, both of which are pitching their spaces as more than just a place to work. They’re being sold as spaces where people can come together to collaborate, share ideas and experience the benefits of an office without the expense.

CoCo Minneapolis will open on July 5 on the historic Trading Floor of the Minneapolis Grain Exchange, 400 S. 4th St. This is the second location for CoCo, which has another location in St. Paul. The Minneapolis location was launched in partnership with Project Skyway, Minnesota’s first “tech accelerator” program, which provides resources and capital to early-stage tech companies.

Another co-working location called WorkAround recently opened at 210 N. 2nd St. It offers work space, meeting rooms, high-speed Internet and other amenities in the North Loop neighborhood.

Co-founder Buffie Blesi says that one of the factors that sets WorkAround apart from other co-working spaces is that each membership package includes business coaching from her other company, The KnowledgeSphere of Advicoach business consulting.

Both co-working spaces offer membership packages that range from limited use to permanent spaces. For information on CoCo Minneapolis, visit For information on WorkAround, vist

Two new vintage stores open during Art-A-Whirl

NORTHEAST — With the increased foot traffic in the area during Art-A-Whirl, the weekend of May 20–22 was a great time to open a business in the Arts District. Two new vintage stores opened in Northeast during the weekend, each with a different focus.

In the Arts District, Northeast Vintage opened its doors at 1627 Washington St. NE, and co-owner Martine Lizama is very pleased about the launch.

“The weekend was awesome,” says Lizama. “It definitely helped that we are right by the Casket Arts Building.”

Northeast Vintage specializes in used and vintage clothing from the 1980s and 1990s, but also features some unique offerings. Jewelry designer Lizama is also selling her Imelda line at the store, which has been available at Cliché in Uptown for the last three years. But the most distinctive portion of Northeast Vintage’s inventory has to be the selection of animal bones and skulls, which includes everything from small animals like squirrels up to massive cow skulls.

At Central and 33rd, Hill Valley Boutique opened on the same day in a new space that was once part of Lily’s Café. While the main area of the building has been taken over by the ALM Corner Café, the side rooms and patio have been taken over by the boutique, which owner Elizabeth Tanberg hopes will become a center for the community. She plans to use the patio space to hold swap meets, musical performances and other events.

Along with vintage clothing, Hill Valley Boutique offers new and consignment clothing and jewelry and collectibles such as a functional Mario Bros. arcade game.

Maeve’s Café opens late June

SHERIDAN — When Mary Colon closed the Audubon Café on Johnson Street last year, she promised to return as quickly as possible with a new venture. That new business, Maeve’s Café, 300 13th Ave. NE, took a bit longer to open than planned — Colon hoped to open in March. But after a preview event during Art-A-Whirl, Colon is targeting a June 20 opening.

Colon says that Maeve’s will focus on local fare with nods to the various ethnic groups that historically settled in Northeast, and will offer up both alcoholic and coffee drinks. Maeve’s will serve coffee from B&W Specialty Coffee Co., sandwiches from Rustica, and plans to offer simple, affordable fare that will help Maeve’s grow into a neighborhood gathering spot.

Solera reveals summer events

HENNEPIN — Now that summer has arrived, Solera Restaurant and Event Center, 900 Hennepin Ave. S, has revealed a few special events for the season. The restaurant has kicked off its summer movie program, with a new movie shown each Wednesday at dusk on the restaurant’s rooftop. The program runs through the end of September. Check Solera’s Facebook page for titles and dates.

On June 12, Solera will also hold a suckling pig event, featuring a special locally sourced menu developed by executive chef Jorge Guzman and guest chef Michael Phillips of Green Ox Foods. The event will also feature live music and beer from Fulton Beer, who will present at the event.

The family-style dining event is limited to 50 guest and costs $65 per person. For reservations, call Solera at 338-0062.


• TE Miller Development is looking to building a six-story, 96-unit market rate apartment complex behind Tower Lofts at 710 N. 2nd St. The developer is actively seeking input on the project from residents of the surrounding buildings, but was not available for comment.

• Outta Place Tattoo has opened at 3305 Central Ave. NE in a space formerly occupied by another tattoo shop, The Scarlet Harlot. Shop owner Jason Solarz focuses on custom tattoo work and is open by appointment only.

• Plans for the proposed Lunds at 12th & Hennepin have been revealed. The plan calls for a 9,000-square foot-grocery store with an outdoor patio and office space on the upper floors. The plan also calls for a 5,639-square-foot liquor store at 1208 Harmon Place. Lunds hopes to begin work on the project in the fall and open spring 2012.

• The newly renovated Caterpillar Lounge is now open inside Tom Pham’s Wondrous Azian Kitchen, 533 Hennepin Ave. S. The intimate club space once housed inside the Azia Restaurant and reopened in its current location shortly after that restaurant closed.  

— Aaron Rupar contributed to this report